Sacred Ground

An Invitation to All to Participate in the Sacred Ground Dialogue Series

Sacred Ground is a race dialogue series, built around powerful documentary films and readings to serve as the jumping-off point for non-judgmental dialogue.  It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.  

All are invited.  The curriculum is directed at adults and young adults.  We hope over time that all members of St. Mary’s will participate in a Sacred Ground group, engaging in transformational conversation about race. 

Katrina Browne
Introduction from Author
Katrina Browne (video)

Bishop Curry
Video invitation from
Presiding Bishop
Michael Curry

Message from Canon
Stephanie Spellers

Key characteristics of the Sacred Ground Dialogue Series:

  • The first groups will be held on alternate Thursdays, starting October 22, 2020.  Meetings will be offered both in the morning and in the evening.  There are eleven sessions; it is important to commit to all eleven (barring emergency).  The reading and videos will require about 1.5-2 hours study before each session.
  • The series is lay-led.  There will be room for rotating leadership among participants who hear that call.
  • The documentary films and readings have been curated and are provided online to each participant.  There are two core books that are not provided; these are strongly encouraged but will be optional in St. Mary’s groups.  
  • This series, framed as a spiritual journey, is grounded in the Christian faith – in the example of Jesus Christ and the power of scripture, prayer, God’s grace, and the Holy Spirit to help us step closer to the dream of beloved community.  It invites exploration of how people of color have been harmed by racism, and how white people have been hurt in other ways, creating a shared – if deeply unequal – brokenness that compels us to overcome these legacies in deliberate partnership.
  • The series emphasizes personal story-sharing and deepening relationships, bringing participants’ attention to various key chapters in U.S. history of race and racism, as well some of the latest thinking by scholars and practitioners of racial healing, racial equity, and whiteness.  It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
  • Please join us on this healing journey. 

1 The Sacred Ground series is part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  The (National) Episcopal Church has gifted us all with the curriculum to continue our prayerful study of historical and institutional racism woven into our society.  St. Mary’s is forming groups to engage this curriculum starting October 22, 2020.